Fleet Town boss Craig Davis reckons his side are ready to shine when their new Southern League season gets under way on Saturday (August 9) with the visit of Evesham United.

Buoyed by some impressive pre-season performances against higher league opponents, the player/boss is upbeat about his side’s prospects in the new South & West campaign.

“I’ve been chuffed to bits to be honest, with all of the lads,” Davis said this week.

“We were unbeaten for five games against some very good sides and lost to Basingstoke Town and narrowly lost 1-0 on Saturday to Hampton & Richmond, both higher league sides.

“But the way we have played has impressed me. I know the new season will be a tough one, but we are ready.”

Davis’ job has been made easier by his squad remaining intact from last season – a side which overturned a 10-point deficit to rivals Guildford City in the final throes of the last campaign to climb off the bottom and subsequently earn themselves a Step 4 reprieve through the sad demise of Thatcham Town.

Added to this, Davis has been able to strengthen his left flank with the return of Harry Davies, and with former striker Lee Bowen proving himself as a powerful and effective centre back, the manager’s confidence is well founded.

Captain Ben White will continue to anchor the midfield, while up front brother Jack will be supported by the pacy pairing of Simba Mlambo and Rob Carr. 

Despite a few minor injury niggles, Davis is expected to name a full-strength line-up for Saturday’s game against Evesham, and again next Tuesday night with the visit of one of his previous clubs, Bashley – one of five new sides playing in the S&W this season.